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Handbook on evaluation and selection of proposals for implementation in the Priority 2 Information Society Technologies, Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area, IST Call 4 and 5

Funded under: FP6-IST

Abstract

The evaluation of proposals is one of the most critical elements within FP6. The Framework programme Decision1 requires that "Financial participation by the Community will, except in duly justified cases, be decided following open calls for proposals or invitation to tender procedures. Selection of projects will be based on independent peer review".
The large numbers of proposals received in each call, the uncertainty as to how many proposals will be received for each area of the priority until the day of call close, and the responsibility of the Commission services to provide to proposers the result of the evaluation of their proposals in the shortest possible time, means that the process for the receipt and allocation of proposals to evaluators must be clearly defined to be as efficient as possible.
To ensure the equal treatment of all proposals, the procedure of the evaluation itself must also be as standardised as possible - the evaluators indeed use their own expert judgement, but within the framework of predefined evaluation criteria and a fixed scale of scoring. Because more proposals pass the evaluation thresholds than there is budget to pay for, they must then be prioritised, but the priority is simply based on their quality as reflected in their overall scores. Additional evaluator judgement is only called for in cases of proposals with tied scores.

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Record Number: 6845 / Last updated on: 2005-05-09
Category: SUPP